The collection of course catalogs from TU Berlin and its predecessor institutions is one of the most important sources for research on the history of the University. Its value is all the more significant as the destruction of the Main Building of Technische Hochschule Berlin in November 1943 included both its archives and administrative files, with the exception of just a few shelf meters. Similarly, the faculty and institutes’ administrative files as well as their research and teaching documents covering the period from 1879 to 1945 were largely destroyed during the war. The remaining course catalogs are often the only source of information about the former teaching staff and the organizational structure of the university as well as its curricula and courses.
The following course catalogs have been digitized:
The course catalogs are available as PDFs.
As a rule they are equipped with optical character recognition (OCR). However, original documents covering several years were in poor condition, preventing their digitization with OCR: 1879–-80 to 1886-87, 1888–89 and 1946–48.
The entire course catalog holdings (Bestand 707) can be viewed in University Archives by appointment.